Friday, April 18, 2014

Maggie Ryan Virtual Book Tour (Goddess Fish Promotions)

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions. Content and images was provided.

AUDITION FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1967) (About the book)

Actors Nick and Lisette O’Connor need a change. They leave New York City for a semester as artists-in-residence at a college upstate, where they take on the roles of Claudius and Ophelia, two of the professional leads in a campus production of Hamlet. Threats and accidents begin to follow Lisette, and Nick worries it might be more than just petty jealousy. Maggie Ryan, a student running lights for the show, helps investigate a mystery steeped in the turmoil of 1967 America.


"It's a triple pleasure, a sophisticated theatre story, a knowing campus tale and a topnotch suspenseful mystery, with excellent characterizations and honest plotting." -- Judith Crist

"An extremely well-written tale, with a plotline that offers a jolt per page." -- CF, Booklist

"Very literate, sprinkled with surprises and offering that rarity of rarities -- fully fleshed out characters." -- Bob Ellison, Los Angeles Daily News


New York City, late 1960’s. 

Nick O’Connor put down the telephone, his broad, muscular body sagging a little. So she hadn’t been merely tired. Hell. He changed to worn jeans and his old leather jacket, and made a mean face at the mirror. Nick the hustler tonight. Man of a thousand faces, said his agent, and every one of them homely.

A regular one-man Dickens novel. Nick headed The snow was not sticking much. It made the sidewalks shine darkly, splashed with gold and rose and white reflections from bars and street lamps, and pasted down scraps of paper that otherwise would be scuttling across the streets in the bitter wind. His way led past whores, pushers, tired old men huddled over warm grates. Without a hurt, the heart is hollow. No hollow hearts on this street.

Franklin’s place was halfway down the block. A worn brass door handle, chipped paint. Nick wiped a few snowflakes from his thinning hair and pushed through the crowd to the end of the bar. In a moment the bartender, black, with a trim mustache, had worked 

“Hey, man, where ya been?”

“Is she here, Franklin?”

“Been here for hours.”
“Yeah, I was working tonight. I just heard.”
“She said she got fired.”

“Hey, we can’t all be self-employed minority success stories.”

Franklin chuckled. “You watch your honky mouth.” He went off to break up a loud argument about whether or not the Vietcong were winning, served a whisky, and returned to Nick. “Room 6B,” he said.

Which mythological creature are you most like?

In Greek mythology I identify most with Athena, who loves civilization and community, and is known for creativity too. She was willing to fight for her city, Athens, but wept for the fallen, strong but sad. I like the stories involving Greek gods because, despite their immortality and power, they have failings, and have to deal with each other as well as with human conflicts.

Also, the stories are myths, which come to us already told in many versions.. So if a god or goddess does something questionable, maybe the next retelling will explain it better. For example, I was always uncomfortable with the end of Aeschylus’s Oresteia, where Athena ends things neatly by judging in favor of Orestes and against the Furies who are torturing him because he killed his mother. In the Aeschylus play, Athena gets the Furies to surrender happily by promising them honor as Euminedes (gracious ones).

Okay, it’s good for civilization to get this settled, to end the multigenerational chain of avenging murders. But the Furies were right too–– the guy had killed his mother! So I was pleased to see Mnouchkine’s production of the play. Her retelling showed that civilization hadn’t totally won, that the Furies retreated because Athena was stronger, but instead of becoming “gracious ones” they still snarled in the shadows, ready to emerge again next time there was a horrible murder. And there would definitely be another, and Athena, strong but sad, knew it too.. .


P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.


  1. Thanks for hosting on Perfect Chaos!

    1. @P.M. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. I may purchase a Maggie Ryan Book on Amazon within a few days.

    2. Thanks, Stacie. I started writing the Maggie books because I loved mysteries but all the famous detective heroes were loners (Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Miss Marple, V.I. Warshawski). I was a mom and I knew moms were heroes, and they should get to be detective heroes too! The Maggie series begins when she's a student, but by the fourth book she's started a family, and yes, she's still finding corpses

  2. Replies
    1. Enter to win $50 from Goddess Fish :-)

  3. Hi P.M.~ I enjoyed your blurb about Athen. I can't say as I have a favorite mythological creature or person that I'd like to be, but I can remember wishing very hard that I could have lived my life as Xena Warrior Princess, lol. Not only did she live in the time of the ancient gods and goddesses, but she could kick butt with the best of them! Thanks for sharing.

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

    1. @Elisa-Maria Thank you for commenting. I also loved Xena when the show came on. She was beautiful and a warrior-fighter.

    2. Oh yes, I loved Xena too! Still have a Xena T-shirt I wear when I want to feel more heroic :-)

  4. Good luck with the release!


    1. Thanks! The Mystery Company is doing such a good job publishing these books.

  5. Thanks to everyone who commented, and thanks to Perfect Chaos for hosting!


Please leave a comment. Thank you. Stacie